Monthly Archives: July 2014

Seyval blanc fruit set

Fruit has now set, berries are 3-4 mm diameter.  There is a bit of yellowing at leaf edges and between some veins , need to look into that.

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Calvet Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Calvet Limited Release, Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux, France 2013 Screw cap closure, 11.5% abv, widely available, about £8. WSET style tasting note Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears. Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium … Continue reading

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Couvent des Jacobins GCC St Emilion 2005

Couvent des Jacobins, Grand Cru Classe, St Emilion, Bordeaux, 2005 Le Couvent des Jacobins is planted with 3/4 merlot and 1/4 cabernet franc, with an average vine age of > 40 years, on a soil of sandy clay over clay and … Continue reading

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Casa Valduga Vale Dos Vinhedos Brazil 2011

Casa Valduga Leopoldina, DO Vale dos Vinhedos, Serra Gaucha, South-west Brazil 2011 Vale dos Vinhedos is the first wine producing region to be awarded Denomination of Origin status in Brazil.   The Valduga family originated in Italy, arriving in Brazil … Continue reading

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Speaking of minerality

Q. When was ‘minerality’ first used in the context of the organoleptic attributes of a wine? A. In the 1970s, I feel in all probability is was by the French, as mineralité, as a somewhat mystical, ethereal way, to differentiate … Continue reading

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Donnhoff Riesling Auslese 2007

Donnhoff QmP/VDP Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese Goldcap, Nahe, Germany 2007 See my posts on sweetness in, and classification of, German wine. Natural cork closure, 8.5% abv, £33, BBR. WSET style tasting note Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity gold, showing tears. … Continue reading

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